Bypassing the bylaws? Local planning group accused of plowing through process to keep illegal stop signs
Dorian Hargrove 4:25 p.m., June 18
The California Labor Federation reports that a study performed by the University of Utah suggests that Sempra Energy’s plan to move "green" energy production out of state could cost California up to 15,000 jobs. The study, authored by university professor Peter Philips, also estimates a loss of nearly $300 million in taxes paid to local, state, and federal authorities.
Ninety percent of the jobs lost in Sempra’s bid to relocate green energy production to Mexico would be in Imperial County. San Diego’s beleaguered neighbor to the east already leads the country with an official 27.9 percent unemployment rate.
“With construction unemployment at its highest in a generation, we can’t afford to outsource even one construction job, as Sempra is proposing to do,” said Johnny Simpson, business manager of the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers Local 569, whose territory includes Imperial County.
Sempra has requested permission to construct "Energia Sierra Juarez," a cross-border power-transmission line that would enable it to import power generated in Mexico. The application rests with U.S. Department of Energy secretary Steven Chu, who is expected to rule on the matter later in the year.